Home
> >

90's Specialized Crossroads Rebuild

Mid-90s Specialized Crossroads. I stripped the bike down to the frame/fork/BB and built it back up with better parts from roughly the same 1990's era. Many of the parts came from Bridgestones (an XO-2 and MB-5). Super comfy bike. The 22" frame Crossroads has a very long top tube compared to the seat tube which is very difficult to find. Great frame for those with long torsos. I measured the seat tube at 56cm (c-c) and the effective top tube at 59cm (c-c). Great for touring. Almost every other bike I've owned in this category has felt too cramped, to the point where my toes interfere with the front tire when turned. I hate that.

Frame:
22 inch double butted TIG welded chromoly steel. Not sure if all tubes are butted; could just be the main frame.

Fork/Headset:
1" chromoly fork and threaded headset; The chromed steel headset came from a '93 Bridgestone MB-5

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 500LX triple crank; Original unsealed BB

Pedals:
VP-747 rat trap platform pedals. The "scar makers"!

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano 3x7

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano 400LX and Deore DX thumbies inverted left/right and mounted below the handlebar. This only works like this in friction mode, but it keeps the upper bar free of pesky little thumbie protrusions.

Handlebars/Stem:
90 degree Nitto Dynamic II stem and alloy cruiser bar with alloy bar ends mounted between stem and brake levers. Very similar feel to a VO Crazy Bar, but with more adjustability and less weight. It also has Clark's ergo grips, too. These are really long grips, btw.

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks B17 Standard

Brakes:
Avid Speed Dial 2-finger levers; Tektro CR720 cantis

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Araya black alloy 700c rim; Exage hub; Panaracer Comet Hardpack 700x38 folding tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Araya black alloy 700c rim; Exage hub; Panaracer Comet Hardpack 700x38 folding tire

Accessories:
Alloy bar ends used as aero extensions; Not in all photos: Rothco canvas travel bag ($18 on Amazon). I modified the bag slightly, added cardboard stiffeners and secured it with 2 small carabiners. It works OK and the canvas is a little thin. We'll see how long it lasts. Sure beats paying over $100 for some other bags out there!

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2

Added by analogkid71. Last updated about 2 months ago.

10 Comments

robinvanmullem

robinvanmullem says:

Those bars are really nice! Do you mind if I steal that idea on my build?

Posted 3 months ago

analogkid71

analogkid71 says:

Go for it! I like to see cyclists sharing ideas and being creative. Share some photos when you're all done.

Posted 3 months ago

analogkid71

analogkid71 says:

I don't know what brand the handlebars are but they are alloy bars off of an old cruiser-style bike. There are handlebars just like them on eBay for really cheap.

Posted 3 months ago

doc

doc says:

I LOVE THIS LAY OUT GREAT REBUILD

Posted about 1 year ago

analogkid71

analogkid71 says:

Thanks. It is super comfortable, too!

Posted about 1 year ago

Shekly

Shekly says:

Did your black rims without machined sidewall drillings on it looks fine after usin with this brakes?

Posted over 2 years ago

analogkid71

analogkid71 says:

Ehh. Braking performance is OK but I've noticed a LOT of squeaking, no matter how I adjust the brake pads. I don't need a bell in traffic...I just ride the rear brakes and everybody turns to look at me! I'm likely to get some Tektro CR720's and see how they work.

Posted over 2 years ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

nice 90es sloping frame

Posted over 2 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

Dope

Posted over 2 years ago

ghostridethewhip

ghostridethewhip says:

+1

Posted over 2 years ago